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12:00 AM, July 25, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:27 PM, July 25, 2016

WI tail delays inevitable


West Indies lost Darren Bravo without adding 

to their overnight score before reaching 76 

for two when rain forced an early lunch 

on the fourth day.  

India's push for victory on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies has been interrupted by rain with the home side at 76 for two following-on in their second innings, a deficit of 247 runs, when an early lunch was taken on Sunday.

West Indies, facing the prospect of a huge series-opening defeat, resumed the day at 21 for one in their second innings after being forced to follow-on on the third day on Saturday.

Fast-medium bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami took four wickets each to wreck the home side's first innings, dismissing them for 243 in the final session of the day with half-centuries by opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich representing the only meaningful resistance.

Brathwaite, who defied India's array of pace and spin for almost five hours in getting to 74, could not survive the first over of the second turn at the crease, being trapped palpably leg-before by Ishant Sharma.

Rajendra Chandrika and Darren Bravo survived to the close . India's bowlers put in a purposeful effort throughout the day, but were held up at the start of play until leg-spinner Amit Mishra had Bishoo stumped by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

It was the second of six dismissals for Saha in the innings, putting him alongside Syed Kirmani and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test innings.

From that point on it became a virtual procession of West Indies batsmen to and from the wicket with Shami outstanding either side of the lunch interval when he disposed of Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood to add to his dismissal of Chandrika late on the second evening.

Debutant Roston Chase displayed a measure of grit in a 47-run stand for the sixth wicket with Brathwaite, but hemiscued an attempted pull off Yadav to give Kohli a simple catch at short midwicket and Brathwaite could not get out of the way of a sharp lifter to give a catch behind.

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